Wednesday, November 11, 2015

French Toast

Replace challah bread with brioche.

Friday, November 6, 2015

TK Brioche bread

sourced from


Adapted from Thomas Keller

This recipe will make 2 full sized loafs or 6 mini loafs. It needs to be started the night before you want to use the bread. If you want to freeze the extra loaf, immediately wrap the hot bread in foal and freeze. When ready to use, reheat (without thawing and still in the foil) in a 250° oven for 20-25 minutes.

 1/3 cup warm water (110°-115°F)
One 1/4 ounce package active dry yeast (or 1/2 ounce fresh yeast)
2 1/3 cups (10 1/2 ounces) cake flour
2 cups (10 ounces) all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 large eggs, at room temperature
20 tablespoons (10 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 1/2 tablespoon pieces, plus more to butter bowl and loaf pans

Combine the water and yeast in a small bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes, then stir until the yeast is completely dissolved.

In the work bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flours, sugar, and salt by hand. Put the bowl on the machine and fit with a dough hook. Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute at low speed. Slowly add the dissolved yeast and continue to beat at low speed for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, scrape any dough off the hook, then continue beating on low for 5 more minutes.  Add the butter, about 1/2 stick at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Once all of the butter has been added, beat for 10 to 15 more minutes.

Place the dough in a large buttered mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, about 3 hours.

Turn the dough out onto a generously floured board and work out the air bubbles by folding the dough over several times while lightly pressing down on it. (Feels like Pop Rocks right?). Return dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate over night.

Generously butter two loaf pans. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. With floured hands (or a bench scraper) divide the dough in 1/2 and shape into two rectangles to fit the loaf pans. Place the dough in the pans and let the dough rise uncovered in a warm place until the dough is 1/2 inch about the top of the pans, about 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the brioche until it is well browned on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately turn the bead out onto a wire rack.

If using immediately, allow the bread to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

TK Scrambled eggs

From Williams Sonoma - TK

In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the salt until they are homogenous. Heat a 2-quart (2-l) saucier over medium-low heat and add the butter. When the butter has melted, strain the beaten eggs through a sieve into the pan. Cook, continually whisking the eggs, until they thicken yet are still very creamy and not completely set. Whisk in the crème fraîche and cook for a few seconds longer. Spoon the eggs onto warm serving plates and serve immediately. Serves 2.

Substiture creme fraiche, with a mix of 2 T heavy cream and 1t unsweetened natural yogurt.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Citrus Marinated Salmon

From Williams Sonoma

Chef Thomas Keller explains that the key to achieving crispy-skinned fish lies in the preparation and drying of the skin prior to cooking it. To do this, make sure that your fishmonger removes all of the scales from the skin and then carefully follow Chef Keller’s instructions for removing the moisture from skin without damaging the fish’s delicate flesh.

Crispy-Skinned Fillet of Atlantic Salmon

2 skin-on salmon fillets cut from the thick part of the fillet, about 6 oz. (180 g) each, pin bones removed
Kosher salt, to taste
1/3 cup (3 fl. oz./80 ml) canola oil, or as needed
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) (2 oz./60 g) unsalted butter, cubed
Coarse finishing salt such as Maldon sea salt or fleur de sel

Place a salmon fillet skin side up on your work surface and run your finger along the skin from the head end to the tail end several times. You will notice that when running from tail to head, the skin seems slightly rough and when going from head to tail the skin feels smooth. Starting at the tail end of the skin, place the back (dull) edge of a long knife perpendicular to the skin, then tilt it forward at a slight angle toward the head end. Gently but firmly run the knife from the tail end to the head end to squeeze out as much moisture from the skin as possible. Rinse and dry your knife, then run the knife back from the head end to the tail end and again rinse and dry your knife. The key here is to be gentle and not damage the flesh of the fish. Make as many passes as necessary until the skin no longer releases any liquid. Once you are satisfied that the skin is dry, make one more pass from head to tail to smooth out the skin. Store the fish in the refrigerator with the skin side up with plenty of air circulation around it until you are ready to cook it.

To cook the salmon, season the flesh side only with kosher salt. Heat a 10-inch (25-cm) fry pan over medium-high heat. Add enough canola oil to cover the bottom of the pan by about 1/8 inch (3 mm). When the oil begins to shimmer and release wisps of white smoke, carefully lay the salmon skin side down in the hot oil and turn the heat down slightly. Very gently shake the pan or use a thin spatula to scoot the fish a little bit to ensure that the skin is not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat again to medium and cook until the bottom third of the salmon’s flesh has been cooked through as indicated by its opaque appearance, about 3 minutes. Use a thin metal spatula to tilt the fish and check to see if the skin is golden brown and crispy. If it needs more crispness, increase the heat for a few seconds and check again. Remove the salmon from the pan and set skin side up on a plate. Pour off the excess fat from the pan and return to medium-low heat. Add the butter to the pan. When it is completely melted and has begun to foam, place the salmon in the butter flesh side down. Turn off the heat and let the salmon sit in the butter for about 1 1/2 minutes, then remove the salmon from the pan to a paper towel–lined dish to remove any excess butter.

Transfer the salmon to a serving dish or individual plates and sprinkle the skin with the finishing salt. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

Recipe by Thomas Keller, Chef/Owner, The French Laundry

LP Recipes from Manu

1.................Vangyachi bhaji

hi bhaji chotya cooker madhe karayachi aahe
vange dhuvun barik kapave
cooker madhe oil takun garam zalyavar mohri aani jira tak
nantar ginger garlic paste takavi 1tbsp
the put turmeric, red chilli powder,coriander powder and garam masala

changla zalyavar kaplele vange tak...thoda shijnyapurata pani tak,mith ghal aani cooker lavun 3-4 shittya de..tu nahi cooker chya ;)

cooker thanda zalyavar ughadun tyat thoda chamcha firav..mash a little..
tyala LONANE mhantat.
nantar kothimbir ghalun serve kar
hya bhajila limbachya rasasobatch chav yete..
mhanunjevtana varun thoda limbu pilun khave..

hi bhaji hirvi vangi asel tar chan lagte pan jambhlya vangyachi dekhil changli hote.

2..................Dane lavun bhaji

dane bhajun sala kadhun ghe
2-3 hirvya mirchya bhajun ghe
3-4 garlic cloves
he sagala mixer madhe barik karun ghe.
1st dry firav aani nantar thoda pani ghalun purna fine paste hoi paryant barik kar

pan madhe oil garam karun mohri ghal, add little turmeric powder and coriander powder
nantar gravy sathi keleli paste changli fry karun ghe..nit fry karun ghe...say for 2-3 mins on low flame
nantar thoda pani ghal..thick gravy hoil itka aani chavipurta mith tak.

hi zali basic gravy
hya madhe tu vangi/dudhi bhopla/beans or raw green tomatosghalu shakte

vangi/dudhi/beans barik kapun veglya bhandyat thoda mith ghalun shijavun ghyave
nantar gravy madhe ghalun uklu de

kacche tomatto matra tula fodnit gravy pastechya aadhi soft hoi paryant karun nantar paste ghalun bhaji karavi lagel.
kothimbir ghalun serve kar
hya bhajisobat limbacha lonacha chan lagta.

jwarichya bhakribarobar hi bhaji zakas lagte

3.................Mirchichi Bhaji

1 vati dal
5-6 green chillies
few peanuts 7-8
1 medium kanda kaplela

he sagla cooker madhe ekatra karun mau  shijav
cooker thanda zalyanantar dal chanli plain karun ghe
ravi sael tar thik nahi tar chamcha firavoon kar

pan madhe oil garam karun tyat mohri,ginger garic paste ghalun ti changli zali ki tyat turmeric powder aani coriander powder tak aani nantar shjavleli dal tak..
add some water ...khup patal nako karun..thodi thik rahil itkach

mith tak aani changli ukalu de.
hya bhajila main chav yete to kothimbirine
khupshi kothimbir changli dhuvun kapun ghe aani ukaltana ghal.
jevtana limbacha ras ghal...changli chav yeil.
also with mango pickle tastes nice.

again this tastes nice with Bhakri

4................Shevanchi bhaji

I m not very good @this but jst to tell u the recipe

kanda barik kapun bhajun ghe lalasr hoiparyant
dry coconut pieces pan barik karun bhajun ghe(i used to use grated coconut which u get in market but taste changes a bit)
ek chota tomato
khaskhas(Poppy seeds) thoda paratvun ghe pan madhe

he sagla mixi madhe chan barik karun ghe..thoda pani ghatla tari chalel..pan thodach ghal.

hya bhajila nehmipeksha thoda jasta oil lagta
oil garam karun tyat ginger garlic paste ghal
ti changli zali ki low flame var mixi madhla masala changla brown hoi paryanta hou may take some 7-8 mins
nantar red chilli powder,tumrmeric powder,coriander powder aani garam masala tak.te changla zala ki tyat garam pani sod.
mith ghalun ghe.
changli ukali aali ki tyat kothimbir kapun ghal

aata hyamadhe varun jad shev takavi otherwise jst put boiled eggs.
also u can put boiled chicken.

serve with Lemon and Sliced Onion.

5..................Leva Patil Vangyacha bharit

bhartachi vangi
Spring Onions if u have otherwise normal onion will also do.
hirvyamirchicha thecha(I hope u know how to make this..fre green chillies in few drops of oil then cover with lid.sfter it gets cold add some 3-4 cloves of garlic,green coriander and salt,grind it)

vange chan gas var bhajun ghe..
if u dont have flame wala gas there
u can peel off the brinjals vut into small pieces and in cooker add very little water.5-6 whistles de..soft zalyanantar nit mash karun ghe spoon ne.

if u have Spring Onions seperate Green part and the white part
cut into small pieces
oil g$aram zalyavar agadi thodi mohri ghalun tyat 1st spring onions che white pieces ghalun te thode brown zale ki green pieces tak
after it is soft and cooked add Thecha 2 spoons or more according to taste.
then add boiled/roasted brinjal.

somepeople add little lemon juice or put little curd also for change of taste.u can try if u want.
at the end dont forget to add green coriander.

this tastes good with Udad bhakri.

Biryani Recipes

Baked Medu Wada

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My Favorite pans and cookware

Tortilla Guacamole

Kids Guac

Mix it:

Mashed Avocados
Lemon juice
Cumin Powder- Optional
very finely chopped cilantro
Pressed Garlic
Black/Pink/ Sea salt
Oil - Optional


Take Corn Maseka or such flour

Add boiling hot water, some salt and mix with spoon, till thick and pliable dough forms.

Take a small ball of dough, add a little water and knead it smooth.

Roll it with rolling pin.

Put it on hot and a little oil brushed griddle

brush some water on the surface of tortilla.

when it looks kinda dried, flip it...and roast both sides well.

sambar sadam

Peas Pulao

White Kadhi Rice

White Kadhi

Mix the following and keep on med heat, stir in between

2 cup Curd
1 cup Water
2 T Besan


2T  Ghee
4     Garlic Cloves
1T  Cumin seeds
1t   Mustard seeds
1-2   Chopped Green chilli
1T  Pathar phool (aka Black Stone Flower)
4pc  Cloves
1 stick  Curry Leaves
1/2 cup  chopped Cilantro

Salt as needed

Serve with Steamed Rice

Chocolate Cup Cakes

Banana Nut Carrot Cake

On one of those thanksgiving potluck Lunches at work, my co-worker had brought this cake...and there was not a a bit of crumb leftover...everyone just loved it. It was gracious of him to share the recipe...

Here you go, Enjoy!

Important tips for making successful cakes:

      Separate egg white and yolks
      Beat egg whites well enough till it is firm or stiff like whipped
      Be gentle and slow when adding other ingredients to the beaten egg

    Happy Holidays and Happy Baking!

   Banana Nuts Cake:                                   2008-12-17 Shatao


   ·  5 Ripened Bananas, mashed
   ·  3 eggs, whites and yolks separated
   ·  3/4 Cups of vegetable Oil
   ·  2 1/2 Cups of Wheat Flour
   ·  1 1/2 teaspoons of Baking Soda
   ·  1 1/2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
   ·  1/2 teaspoons of salt
   ·  3/4 Cups of Sugar
   ·  1/2 Cups of Raisins, soaked in water
   ·  1/2 Cups of Walnuts, broken into pieces
   ·  1/2 Cups of Pecans, minced
   ·  1 Carrot

   Makes two loaves.

   To make one loaf, reduce the materials to:

   ·  3 Bananas, 2 eggs, 1/2 cups oil, 1 3/4 cups of flour, 1 ts baking
   soda, 1 ts baking powder,
   ·  1/3 ts salt,  1/3 cups raisins, 1/3 cups walnuts, 1/3 cups pecans,
   and 1/2 carrot.

   Note: Be gentle and slow when adding other ingredients to the beaten egg
   whites which is the cake rising agent.


   ·  Beat egg whites in a bowl until stiff.

   ·  Add yolks, sugar, oil to the egg whites and whisk until it is well

   ·  Combine mashed bananas into the above mixture, stir gently until well

   ·  Sift flour, baking soda and baking powder, then add to the mixture
   gently until well mixed.

   ·  Add raisins and walnuts into the batter evenly.

   ·  Shred the carrot into the batter, and stir evenly.

   ·  Grease two bread loaf baking containers, divide the batter into the

   ·  Sprinkle the minced pecans on top of the batter.

   ·  Preheat the oven to 325 F, bake for 70 minutes.

   ·  Remove the cake from the oven, cut into pieces when cooled, and

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Roast Chicken

Chicken Rice Congee


Chicken Bones from baked chicken, and the gelatine from the baking tray if any.
1 small or half carrot
1 inch ginger sliced
3/4 onion
few sprigs of cilantro
few sprigs of green onion
fried onion
1/2 cup Rice


Soy sauce
Roasted Peanuts


I use the leftover bones from earlier meals baked chicken. You may use entire chicken to make stock and keep the shredded meat to add to congee later.

So with the leftover bones ...
Boil the leftover bones and carcas of a baked chicken with a quarter onion, 1 small carrot, 1 inch sliced ginger, a few sprigs of cilantro and a little spring onion in water and then let it simmer for an hour or 2.

scoop and strain with fine mesh strainer the chicken stock from above in another vessel, add half a cup rice and cook it for may be up to an hour, pressure cook can speed it up if needed, or use the earlier cooked leftover rice.

when the rice breaks down from cooking add salt to taste.

Add crushed fried onions, chopped cilantro, chopped green onions mix and Enjoy :).

Follow this recipe

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kaddu ka Dalcha

I like this recipe

Favourite Breads

1. Pai Bao
Tangzong bread

Tangzhong Asian Milk Bread Made With Breadmaker

Tangzhong Whole Wheat Bread


50/ 100g  Tangzhong   ???
200 ml Milk
2 Eggs whisked 
220 gm bread flour 
280 gm wholemeal flour
27gm vital wheat gluten
4 tbsp Sugar
3 tsp Salt
7g SAF Instant Yeast
50 gm Butter (softened) when the machine beeps for extra additions. 


  1. Place the Tangzhong, milk, egg into the bread tin. 
  2. Add in the flour, gluten, sugar, salt (and may be butter). Lastly dig a shallow pit in the middle of the flour and add in the instant yeast. 
  3. Select Whole Wheat function.
  4. Press START.


50gm bread flour
250ml / 1cup water (could be replaced by milk, or 50/50 water and milk)
Cook the above 2 in a small pan till you get peaks, pudding consistency. 

(We use Zojirushi Virtuoso Bread-maker. )
Inspired from:

Another famous milk bread

Saturday, October 24, 2015


I Like the following recipe...yumm

I substituted the milk for buttermilk, and added half tablespoon vinegar for baking soda to bubble even more.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Peanut Laddu


Dates (not the dry kind, medjool or alike)


1. Roast the peanuts in a roasting pan @350 for 10min
2. Deshell them if they have shells
3. grind them in the food processor till coarse fine
4. add dates and grind...take a pinch and see it its binding together if not add more dates and grind.
5. form laddus from the mixture


May add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder either or both

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

HomeMade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

1. Heat the Milk to a rolling boil
2. Simmer it for a while for a thicker yogurt
3. Keep it aside to cool till its lukewarm
4. Add a 1 spoon of starter yogurt culture, mix it well.
5. Leave it in a warm place like oven with light switched on to keep warm, for overnight or 6-8 hours
6. Yogurt is ready.

Optional :
Add milk powder to the hot milk, to make it even more thicker.
Add heavy cream, for a creamier yogurt


Cultured Sour Cream:

Heat the heat cream till its warm, keep stirring

Add the culture and mix well

Keep it in a warm place like Oven with light on for overnight or 6-8 hours.

Cultured sour cream is ready.

*LCHF : Low Carb High Fat diet

Radhika's EZ Veg - Biryani

RaRa's Quick Veg Biryani 


2C      Basmati Rice
2C      Mix Vegetable (Preferably Cut potatoes, Cauliflower, English Peas)
1C      Onion Chopped
8-10   Garlic cloves
1'        Ginger
0-5     Green Chillies
1C      Cilantro
0.5C   Mint
6        Cloves
1'       Cinnamon Stick
1        Bay Leaf
1t       Cumin
1t       Turmeric
3T     Ghee/Oil


1C    Spinach

Grind to paste: Mint, CilantroGarlicGingerCloves, Cinnamon, Green chillies 

Place a pressure cooker on a medium-high heat

Add Oil/Ghee to the pressure cooker 
Add Cumin, Bay leaf, let it fry for about 15 seconds
Add Chopped Onion saute till browned 
Add Turmeric 
Add the green paste made as mentioned above
Add Chopped Veggies, let it cook a little bit, keep stirring
Add the rinsed Basmati rice mix everything well, let the  mixture cook for a bit, stir in between
Add 3 cups of water, let it boil.
Add salt per taste
pressure cook for 8-10 min.

Variation: Add little spinach when making the green paste 

Pan Seared Salmon

Pan Seared Salmon

Optional : Cayenne Pepper

Cut the salmon in 1 inch bars

Squeeze lemon juice on the salmon n sprinkle a little salt, let it sit in the fridge for 10 min.

Let it sit out for 5 min to let it reach room temperature before searing.

Heat the griddle/pan preferably cast iron/carbon steel to medium high with oil/ghee etc

Sprinkle a little salt on the griddle

Place the salmon pieces on the griddle let it sear, until you see the edge crisp brown, then turn it over, and repeat until you can brown as many sides as you can.

For some spicy variety, add cayenne to the few leftover pieces and sear like above.
Serve with steamed rice and/or broccoli/ and/or Asparagus.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Asian Ginger Broth

1 T finely minced ginger

1 T finely minced garlic

1 T canola oil

1.5 T cornstarch

1QT  vegetable stock  

Combine ginger, garlic and oil in a large pot and sauté for 5 minutes.
Add cornstarch and 1 cup vegetable broth to pot and whisk to dissolve.

Add rest of the vegetable stock to pot and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Garnish with any combination of the following items:

Sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, shredded carrots, chopped spinach, sliced
mushrooms and wonton strips 

EZ-PZ Rajma


1C  Rajma
4T  Ghee
1C  Onion
1T  Ginger
1T  Garlic
1T  Cumin Powder
2T  Coriander Powder
2T  Rajma Masala
3T  Tomato Paste
1C  Cilantro


#3  Chillies
1T Chilli Powder
1t   Garam Masala


1.  Soak Rajma overnight  or 4-5 hours
2.  Pressure cook Rajma for 30 min, Check for soft beans, if not cook for more 5-10 min
3.  Make a coarse paste of onion, ginger and garlic
4.  Pour ghee in a pan on a medium heat
5.  Put the onion ginger garlic paste in hot ghee carefully, and fry until light brown
6.  Add tomato paste, coriander powder, rajma masala, half of the chopped cilantro
     (and other optional ingredients) and cook till  oil separates.
7.  Add cooked rajma beans to the pan, add more water as necessary for a good consistency.
8.  Add Cumin powder, and rest of the cilantro and let is boil for a few mins.

Rajma is ready.

Quick Simple Chhole


1C       Garbanzo Beans
1C       Onion            
1'         Ginger            
5-7      Garlic cloves
2T       Tomato Paste
1C       Cilantro              
2 T      Chhole masala       as per liking
1 T      Cumin  Powder    
2 T      Coriander Powder
            Salt to taste

Optional :
Chopped Green Chillies   as per liking
Chili powder                     as per liking

1. Soak Garbanzo overnight.    

2. Pressure cook with some salt, for 30 min,  cook more if not soft to the light press.

3. Grind Onion, ginger and garlic to medium fine paste  

4. Fry the paste in ghee, until its slightly beige- brown (Add few cut green chillies if desired)

5. Add Coriander powder and chhole or chana masala powder and chili powder

6. Add tomato paste, if needed more can be added at the end as its always precooked.

7.  Cook till ghee/oil separates

8.  Add chopped cilantro, cook some more

9.  Add the cooked garbanzo bean and add water to the desired consistency

10. Add cumin powder,  chhole masala powder add rest of the chopped cilantro

11. Adjust salt to the taste

Chhole Ready.